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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns as Washington pressure mounts

Departure has employees 'more pessimistic' about beating Trump's threatened ban

CEO Kevin Mayer is leaving TikTok just three months after joining the company from The Walt Disney Co. (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by AP and Getty Images) 

PALO ALTO, U.S./HONG KONG -- TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has resigned just three months after joining the company, delivering yet another blow to its Chinese parent ByteDance as it battles Washington's crackdown on the viral video app.

In a letter emailed to TikTok employees on Wednesday night U.S. time, Mayer said that his decision has "nothing to do with the company" and hinted that ByteDance will soon "reach a resolution" in regards to the regulatory dispute with American authorities.

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